Senior Voice -

Articles from the September 1, 2013 edition

Sorted by date  Results 1 - 25 of 25



Cast your vote for officials, bonds

Registered voters in many communities across Alaska will vote on October 1 to elect municipal candidates. Local clerks are responsible for these elections. REAA School Board elections will also be held on October 1, but those elections are administer...

 

Resource fairs focus on Alaska's vulnerable adults

Alaska’s senior population is growing fast, and the number of complaints to the state agency tasked with protecting vulnerable adult Alaskans of all ages is growing too. Adult Protective Services is holding two free resource fairs to share...

 
 By Tom Howard    News    September 1, 2013

Need training? MASST is on the job

Deborah Blake had a dream to take care of herself and her husband by gaining good solid paying employment. And now that hope has become reality for her and more. She and her husband came to Alaska in...

 

The key to healthy longevity is staying active

Oler Persons Action Group encourages seniors to engage in activities that maintain a healthy lifestyle. Basic factors contributing to healthy living are: good nutrition combined with physical, social and mental activity. Nutrition. People eating...

 

Take these steps to prepare for emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month. It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. This September, please prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service,...

 

Bill encourages more use of traditional foods

Editor’s note: This press statement from Sen. Mark Begich’s office was received July 25. To encourage access and consumption of healthy traditional foods, U.S. Senator Mark Begich has introduced The Traditional Foods Nourishment Act of 2013....

 

Avoid the flood of health care scams

Confusion is common when laws change. And that may be even more true with health care reform, since nobody – including those in Congress who created the law – seems to understand it. One thing is certain, scam artists are out there taking...

 

New tax deductions for health care costs

Seniors who list various deductions on their income tax returns are getting a little-known break. It deals with health costs. For 2013 taxes, the claim for health related costs was jacked up from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income...

 

Solving hunger requires awareness, commitment

Do you know someone who’s hungry? Or if not hungry every day, someone who skips meals at the end of a pay period or who sometimes has to choose between buying food and medicine? Often people assume...

 

Health fairs offer free tests, vital information

It’s time again for the fair! Health fair, that is. Alaska Health Fairs, Inc. is ramping up events around the state, featuring free health screenings and education, low cost blood tests and more. These tests can help you learn about your health...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Health    September 1, 2013

Home health coverage, shingles vaccines and more

I just thought you might want to know that on Wednesday, August 14, Social Security celebrated 78 years of providing retirement security to older Americans. In this time of financial uncertainty,...

 

FAQs about the Marketplace and your Medicare

How will the health insurance Marketplace that starts in 2014 affect my Medicare coverage? The Health Insurance Marketplace is designed to help people who don’t have any health insurance. You have health insurance through Medicare. The Marketplace...

 

There is no age limit to donate an organ

You may remember Judie Wolfe, who donated a kidney to her friend when she was 69 years old. Judie and Terri are the “poster children” for the Alaska Kidney Patients Association’s 2013 Inaugural Dash for Organ and Tissue Donation. They both feel...

 
 By Suzy Cohen    Health    September 1, 2013

Antacic "drug muggers" cause palpitations, leg cramps

Dear Pharmacist: I take a reflux medication daily as well as a chewable antacid. In the last two months, I’ve dealt with severe “Charlie horses,” toe tingling and occasional heartbeat skips or runs. My doctor prescribed leg cramp medication...

 

Longer lives are getting healthier too

Older adults are remaining healthier later in life Life expectancy has increased significantly over the past two decades in the United States and more Americans than ever before are living well into...

 

Suicide rate is highest in over-65 age group

Suicide among senior citizens is a major health problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many seniors have depression symptoms that are not properly diagnosed which leaves them vulnerable to suicide attempts. Every...

 

Is the level of care keeping up with our needs?

There is a disconnect in the way we manage long term care for frail seniors. Nationally, we are moving toward taking seniors out of nursing homes and keeping them in the community, giving them more as...

 

Honor flight program flies veterans to national monuments

The Last Frontier Honor Flight, a newly formed hub of the Honor Flight Network, is now looking for World War II, Territorial Guard and Korean War Vets to sign up for a sponsored trip to Washington...

 

Kasaan opens new health clinic

The Organized Village of Kasaan announced the opening of the new SEARHC Kasaan clinic on Prince of Wales Island on July 26. The new clinic is a prototype “micro clinic” designed for communities...

 

Cordova throws a coal party

Cordova made national headlines when its citizens took a leaf from the annals of Boston. But instead of a tea party, they staged a coal party. They proved to a far away and indifferent government that the spirit of ’76 was still alive on May 11,...

 

Stuart Whitman: A class act

You won’t see Stuart Whitman’s name listed in the closing credits for the 1951 sci-fi classic, “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” But he’s there, if only for a few seconds, in an uncredited...

 

Why these vital legal documents are worth the cost

Dear Jonathan: I went to see a lawyer because I wanted a simple will drawn up. By the time I was done, not only did I have a will, which was not the least bit simple, but I had a financial durable power of attorney, a health care power of attorney...

 

Save yourself a trip : Use Social Security online

Summertime is over and it’s time to face the fall. Hopefully, your family has enjoyed a nice vacation and you’ve had your share of fun in the sun. You may even reminisce about the popular song, “See You in September,” which was written by...

 

Discounts vs. rebates, cursors and other tech truths

Q. Why do online companies offer rebates instead of just selling a product at a lower price? It seems like there are always strings attached such as receiving a rebate check that can only be used to purchase other company products. A. Companies have...

 

Not an obvious travel destination, but a good one

“I don’t know what to do to celebrate your [70th] birthday!” my husband lamented. “I know you don’t want a party or jewelry, but I can’t decide what to do for you.” “I’m going to...

 

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2018